The Physician Assistant for the Emergency Medicine Service of the New Mexico VA Health Care Service executes position responsibilities that demonstrate experience, and creative approached to management of a highly complex patient care. The Physician Assistant adheres to established policies and procedures and demonstrates leadership, managerial expertise, mentorship, clinical expertise and innovation. The Physician Assistant is expected to accurately and reliably perform a comprehensive history and physical examination of patients, report results of initial and interval history and physical examinations, diagnostic tests, consultation reports and all other aspects of the medical care of the patient. In the event of a medical urgency or emergency, the Physician Assistant shall initiate diagnostic modalities and stabilize medical therapies while notifying the attending physician. Maintains and revises, as appropriate, all medical aspects of the care plan including overall goals for management of all medical problems and specification of the methods by which goals will be attained. When directed by the attending physician, the Physician Assistant will place consult requests and pursue completion of the consult in a timely manner. The Physician Assistant may be required to discuss and document advance directives and resuscitation status. The Physician Assistant for the Emergency Medicine Service of the New Mexico VA Health Care Service will be primarily responsible for care of patients in the Emergency Department Observation/Clinical Decision Unit and the Emergency Department Fast Track.
Work Schedule: 24/7/365 - Various/Rotating Shifts Functional Statement Title/#: Physician Assistant, Scope of Practice
Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
Bargaining Unit Status Code: 1276
U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education or Training. The candidate must meet the following:
(1) Graduate of a PA training program, or of a surgical assistant program which is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) or one of its predecessor organizations; and
(2) A Bachelor's degree from an accredited PA training program or in another health sciences related field from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Certification. (1) Current and continuous certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is required for employment in VHA.
(2) Recent PA graduates who are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) may be employed by VA on a temporary basis (38 U.S.C. 7405), for a period not to exceed two years.
English Language Proficiency. PAs appointed to direct patient-care positions must be
Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-8 for Physician Assistant Qualifications Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
Physical Requirements: Heavy Lifting (Up to 30 lbs); Heavy Carrying (Up to 30 lbs); Straight Pulling (Up to 30 lbs); Pushing (Up to 30 lbs); Walking (Up to 8 hours); Standing (Up to 8 hours); Repeated bending (Up to 8 hours); Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s): *Other(VA Form 10-2850c, Application for Associated Health Occupations) *Resume
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1983247.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.